Yolanda Andrade (Mexico, born in 1950)
El Doble, Mexico City, 1982
Gelatin silver print. Signed vintage print. 15.6 x 23.4 cm
Born in 1950 in Villahermosa, Mexico.
Yolanda Andrade attended the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, in 1976–77. She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994 to produce a photographic project about Mexico City. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her documentary and artistic work captures street life and culture from a fictional and theatrical perspective, with a mastery of both black-and-white and color techniques. The city is a stage on which different accounts of popular life and culture are played out.
Mostly shot in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, Yolanda Andrade’s photographs capture what she describes as “Mexican passion.” “My project consisted in seeing Mexico City from a very personal point of view, to envision it as if I were making a visual diary, with my comments about politics, womanhood, machismo, religion, traditions, sexual mores, social attitudes, the imagination of the common person, high art and popular culture. It is not only the city of my daily life, the one I live in as a woman and as a professional photographer, but also the city of my imagination, the protagonist of works of fiction, the scene where different stories happen at the same time.”